IRAQ: Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group has started printing new currency that celebrates 9/11

An Al Qaeda-linked group is issuing paper bills in western Iraq featuring images of Osama bin Laden and the World Trade Center towers under attack on September 11th, according to local media reports.

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The Blaze  A tribal leader in western Iraq’s Anbar Province showed the media a photo of one of the bills issued by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) printed in the amount of “one Islamic hundred pounds.” “The 100-guinea note bore the likeness of former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden on one side, and the two World Trade Center towers attacked by the group on September 11, 2001 on the other,” PUKmedia reported.

The Kurdish website PUKmedia quoted local official Hameed al-Hais who said the currency would not be recognized in Anbar and that anyone carrying the banknotes would be considered a member of ISIL which is fighting with the aim of establishing a Shariah law-compliant state in Iraq, Syria and beyond.

Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency reported that the currency — presumably intended to replace the Iraqi dinar — is being called the “ISIL dinar.”